Have you ever put much thought into a title? Have you thought about the different titles used for leadership positions? Do you automatically recognize someone’s job description by the title of their position?
We use many different titles for leadership positions, ranging from manager to chief executive officer, mayor to president. We don’t see as many with the title of king or queen as was once used, but they have not completely gone away.
When we hear someone say they are a manager, we have a basic idea of what their responsibilities are. If we are told someone is a director, we know they have been promoted up the leadership chain. We learn the roles of these positions as we experience how people execute them in the workplace.
When Jeremiah prophesied the name of the coming King would be “The Lord Our Righteous Savior,” the Jews knew exactly what the title meant. They knew the word translated as Lord was YHWH, which was the unspeakable name of God. They understood that He was their God. His being righteous meant that He was perfect, without blemish, revealing perfect justice. He was going to be their Savior, protecting them from their enemies, and providing for their every need.
We should look at Jesus with the same understanding. He is our Righteous Lord and Savior. As we contemplate what His title means, we discover a deeper understanding of who He is. He is more than merely the title. He is all the title implies He is.
I pray we all understand who Jesus is. I pray we ponder the meaning of the many titles used to describe Him. I pray each one of us sees Jesus for who He is and all He is for us. Ponder the titles given to Jesus. Know what those titles are. Know what those titles mean. See Jesus for who He is. Give Him the praise He deserves.
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
and do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
The Lord Our Righteous Savior.”